Category Archives: General

Why Fallingrock?

Ok, this is going to sound kind of sappy … but when I was on the trip to Colorado where I met Ginny (my wife), while driving in the mountains, I saw a sign that said “Falling Rock”. It kind of stuck my fancy.

It’s the kind of name that really means nothing … has nothing to do with my profession or hobbies.

When the domain ‘’ opened up, I grabbed it.

Escape Hybrid

Ginny and I test drove the new Ford Escape Hybrid SUV today. It runs on both gas and electric power.

It’s quite a nice ride … very roomy, comfortable , nice pickup, smooth ride, good feel.

Kind of disconcerting, however, when the gas engine shuts itself off a few minutes after you turn it on.

I’m going to give this vehicle some serious thought when we go car shopping next year (the RAV is about at the end of it’s useful life, I think).

Only a few things really give me pause…

  • The four wheel drive model does not have a high range and low range. This means it’s not all that useful if you get stuck in snow.
  • The battery is included in the full vehicle warranty … which is 8 years or 80,000 miles. Unforunately, I tend to drive MORE than 10,000 miles / year. The RAV is 8 years old and I have 165,000 miles on it. I’m not sure if there is a extended warranty option
  • It’s new technology … and largely unproven. Not sure if I want to be a ‘beta’ tester for a car. The RAV had been available at least 1 year before I got mine.
  • Rather pricey … for a SUV. $28,000 is the base price (Not 100% sure on that). I could probably get a similarly equiped SUV (minus the hybrid, plus proper four wheel drive) for about $22,000.

Well, it’s certianly something to consider … we’re not going to be looking for a new car until next spring (unless something bad happens to the RAV).


I really like the autumn … I like the colors, the tempature, the smell, etc.

The one thing I don’t like about autumn is the fact that it doesn’t get light until much later in the day.

I don’t much like the fact that it gets dark a lot earlier either … but it doesn’t bother me near as much.

Note to self: Put a nice autumn themed picture on this post.

Ha! They made a pun!

On the radio, I mostly listen to Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5fm).

During the transitions from one segment to another, they often make a reference to their underwriters and contributors.

A while ago I noticed that they are listing Navy Pier as one of their contributors. They are specifically using the phrase “Chicago Public Radio is supported by Navy Pier”.

This, of course, has double meaning … because Chicago Public Radio is located on Navy Pier. So, they are indeed Supported by Navy Pier as well as supported by Navy Pier.

Without Navy Pier being there … they would fall into the lake 🙂

Pounding streets

They have been resurfacing the street outside my office for the past few weeks … and today they are breaking up the concrete.

To do this, they are using one of those huge pneumatic sledge hammer devices … the kind that lift the weight up and then drop it down to break the pavement.

Unfortunately, this is causing our entire building to shake … which is really distracting and annoying.

I’m kind of worried that something is going to break … like a window.

Renaissance Faire and accents

Today we went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire up near the Illinois / Wisconsin boarder.

It was a nice day … not too hot, not muggy at all, and there was a reasonable breeze.

It was warm enough, however, for me to forgo the normal ‘garb’ that I wear to the ren faire. Ginny brought, and wore, hers though.

As usual, there was the usual characters … some of who we’ve seen before. A few that we haven’t.

One such character was this gentleman who had taken up residence in a portable privy … who Ginny decided to torment a bit.
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My evil plan …

… at least for now.

Evil Plan ™!

My objective is simple: Soul Accumulation.

My motive is a little bit more complex: Madness

Stage One

To begin your plan, you must first seduce a famous actor/actress. This will cause the world to realize something is wrong, alarmed by your arrival. Who is this threat to our children? Where did they come from? And why do they look so good wearing the skin of another human?

Stage Two

Next, you must desecrate the Statue of Liberty. This will all be done from a abandoned church, a mysterious place of unrivaled dark glory. Upon seeing this, the world will die in a way you just don’t want to think about, as countless hordes of computer programmers hasten to do your every bidding.

Stage Three

Finally, you must activate your plague of doom, bringing about an unending cacophony of screams. Your name shall become synonymous with evil, and no man will ever again dare fire you. Everyone will bow before your dashing good looks, and the world will have no choice but to grant you three maidens of virtue true.

I found the Evil Plan Generator at Michael’s My Mundane Mid-Life blog.

Parties, Food, & Laptops

Ok, everyone’s gone back home and the breakfast was a success!

As before, we bought way more food than we needed. Funny thing though … some of the same stuff we had left over last time, we have left over this time.

Ginny has these ideas for dishes that we don’t have time for and/or nobody is really interested in. Oh well.

On another note, according to Airborne, my new hard drive should be here tomorrow by noon.

I’m gonna go take a nap now.